Washington — Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma told an audience at Peace Corps headquarters in Washington March 27 that the work of Peace Corps volunteers has made a great impact on him.

Koroma spoke a day before meeting with President Obama at the White House, along with President Macky Sall of Senegal, President Joyce Banda of Malawi and Prime Minister José Maria Pereira Neves of Cape Verde. The same day, the leaders, with Ambassador Cheikh Niang representing Senegal, also met with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon.

Koroma told his Peace Corps audience: “Peace Corps is an organization for which I have a strong personal affinity. The dedication and professionalism of Peace Corps volunteers in our education system made a great impact on me during my formative years.